Remember that “Third Palestinian Intifada” facebook page we and other bloggers were picking on a few days back? The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated it and several other similar intifada facebook pages that they found, and discovered what amounts to a socially networked invasion plan. The means: Get all the Palestinians scattered all over the world to return to Israel at once, on May 15, 2011, to overwhelm the Jewish state.
The Facebook page “The Third Palestinian Intifada,” which, within weeks of its launching, has almost 340,000 “likes,” posted a message saying: “Palestine, how we have neglected you. Forgive us and forgive our sons for this. You have always inspired us to be steadfast in the struggle to keep you a free and Arab [land],… as you [always] were and always will be… After the Tunisian, Egyptian, and Libyan intifadas, the time has come for the Palestinian intifada. The first Palestinian intifada was in 1987 and the second in 2000, but the third Palestinian intifada [will commence] on May 15, 2011.”
It should be noted that, while urging the public to join the mass demonstrations on May 15, the page administrators also hinted at a coming war on the Jews and called on the readers to prepare for martyrdom. For example, they posted a well-known hadith, which states that the Day of Judgment will only come after the Muslims fight the Jews and vanquish them: “The hour [of Judgment] will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. All the trees and all the stones will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him – except for the Gharqad tree, which is the tree of the Jews.” The site administrators remark, “That is why the Jews have been planting a lot of Gharqad trees lately!”. In another message, an administrator states: “Paradise calls you. I ask everyone to come out on May 15. Do not say ‘I can’t.’ For once [in your life], at least, do something to help the Muslims… Martyrdom calls you.”
Facebook took the “Third Intifada” page down this week, but several others with allied messages remain live, and I’m sure the folks behind the “Third Intifada” page have already set up an alternative. As MEMRI notes, May 15th is the 63rd anniversary of the establishment of modern Israel. Not all of the pages that MEMRI found are as clear in threatening violence, but they all share the same goal, which is to destroy Israel, and they all share the same date: May 15.
All of this takes on some additional weight when you consider the following. In Islamic apocalyptic thinking, the Mahdi (the awaited 12th imam who will, according to this line of thinking, Islamicize the entire world) will not return until Jerusalem is in Muslim hands. And Iran, an aggressively radical Islamist state run by a regime that is known to be strongly influenced by this apocalyptic world view, is pushing Mahdi propaganda right now.